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Dive Review of Salt Cay Divers/Tradwinds in
Turks and Caicos/Salt Cay

June, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Cathy Bolton, PA, USA
Report Number 1105
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 ft max  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Water is very scarce so camera equitment was dumped in a small bucket. Two
guys had big cameras and strobes so small cameras were out of luck. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
We signed up for this trip after reading material at Beneath the Sea. There
were 3 of us and we all dove Provo & Grand Turk before and loved it.
Since this Island is more isolated we thought the diving would be better.

We signed up for a meal plan since food is scare on the island. No one told
us the restaurant we had our plan with was closed for a month. We were
switched to another place where a woman cooked but you had to tell her what
you wanted ahead of time but everyone had to eat the same thing. No
beverage was included nor any dessert. Water with the meal was $2 extra. If
you didn't eat all your meal you got less the next time. The woman was a
good cook but varity was lacking. After 5 nights of Fish and Rice and
Beans, I was longing for McDonald's.

Maid service was a girl coming once in the week we were there to change
towels and linens and sweep out the room. The toliet couldn't be flushed
too much during low tide. There were 3 women in the room so this was ugly.
Two huge roaches in the room caused a bit of panic too. 

We were told phones weren't a problem only to find out that you had to have
a T&C phone card that was sold on Provo, not on Salt Cay. If you used
the dive shop phone, the owner charged you $3 a min, to dial the 1-800
number on the phone card. We found a phone booth a mile from the hotel
where there was no surcharge. One of the woman had a sickly mother and this
was a real problem for her. 

The diving was fair except for the wreck of the Endymion which was great.
We lucked out and had one day when the weather allowed us to hit this
wreck. It was advertised as part of the trip but later we were told this 1
tank dive counted as 2 dives.

The dive masters were very good and let you go at your own pace, limiting
down time to 75 mins. Diving for 4-6 people was done in a small skiff. We
only got one night dive in. Without lights it was hairy getting back to the
beach. There is a package advertising unlimited night diving but this would
be taking a tank and going off the beach by the dive shop. No one is around
so you would be on your own. The beach in front of our hotel was rocky and
not a good entry. An e-mail to Debbie was all that was needed for supplies.
Buying a ticket for the InterIsland flight was a problem if you don't have
access to an international fax from 4-6PM.  

I would not go back. 
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